HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c77W
Keith Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the opening of visas offices in(a) Jallander, (b) Ahamedblad and (c) Lahore. [78871]

Mr. Rammell

We intend to open offices in Jalandhar and Ahmedabad to make our visa services more accessible to our customers and to provide them with the advice they need. The offices will also act as visa application centres, forwarding completed applications to the relevant visa issuing post for consideration. We are also exploring the possibility of offering similar services in other cities in India.

Given the security situation in Pakistan, there is no current plan to reopen the visa operation in Lahore.

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